The natural history of untreated rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Ophthalmologica. 1997;211(2):90-2. doi: 10.1159/000310766.


In this study, the late secondary changes of the eye in long-standing, untreated rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) were examined. The most common complications were cataract (61.1%), strabismus (45.5%), toxic uveitis (27.3%) and development of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (100.0%). Complete loss of vision was found in all cases. Maximal visual acuity was hand motion, but only in 9.1% of cases. In the late follow-up period of untreated RRD, anatomic changes of the eye, permanent loss of vision and esthetic defects will appear.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Detachment / complications*
  • Retinal Detachment / diagnosis
  • Retinal Detachment / physiopathology
  • Strabismus / etiology
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Refusal
  • Uveitis / etiology
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitreoretinopathy, Proliferative / etiology